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THE RACE: Showtime Southern 500

TRACK: Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #10 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Showtime

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Friday, May 6th

11:30 am - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
2:15 - 3:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
5:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:30 pm NNS Royal Purple 200

Saturday, May 7th

7:00 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NSCS Showtime Southern 500

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,531,600
2010: $5,547,816
2009: $5,666,384
2008: $5,618,601
2007: $5,507,009
2006: $5,410,760
2005: $5,338,043
2004: $5,219,075
2003: $4,695,345


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.366 egg-shaped oval, 367 laps, 501.322 miles
    Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
    Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
    Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
    Pit Road: Length: 2,025 feet, Width: 46 feet
    Speed Limits: Pace Car - 50 mph, Pit Road - 45 mph
    Track Last Repaved in early 2008
    Grandstand Seating: 68,000
    Opened: 1950

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: Sprint Cup Drivers' Moms
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Mark Jones, First Baptist Church of Darlington
    National Anthem: Tech. Sgt. John Norman, Pop Air Force Base
    Military Flyover: F-18s, VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls" Naval Air Station

  • Track Websites / Info:
    Darlington Raceway
    Facebook: Darlington Raceway
    Twitter: TooToughToTame
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide

  • May 2010: see my Darlington Race Info page

  • What is a "Darlington stripe" Slang term for the black marks resulting from scrapes with the wall at the 1.366-mile track where the high lane is the fastest. Might be called the "SAFER stripe" this weekend after the addition of the energy-absorbing barriers

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Darlington Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


Track Records

  • 2010 Pole Sitter: #1-Jamie McMurray, 180.370mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2010, 180.370mph

  • 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 126.605mph, started 8th

  • Track Race Record: Kyle Busch, May 2008, 140.350mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Fonty Flock, Sept 1952, 74.512mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 22 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, eight days, May 2008

  • Darlington Double: three drivers have completed the Darlington sweep of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races on the same weekend:
    1987 - Dale Earnhardt
    1993 - Mark Martin
    2010 - Denny Hamlin.

  • The Numbers for the Showtime Southern 500:
    0 - fewest cautions for a Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway (9/2/63)
    1 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (24 times, most recent 9/3/79)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner Ricky Craven, 3/16/03)
    2 - fewest leaders (5/9/64)
    4 - fewest lead changes (9/4/50)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    10 - most wins by driver (David Pearson)
    12 - fewest cars running at finish (9/2/74)
    17 - most cautions (5/9/09)
    17 - most leaders (9/6/82)
    19 - wins from the pole; 35 from the front row (107 races)
    23 - most cars on lead lap at finish (9/1/02)
    41 - most lead changes (9/6/82)
    41 - most running at finish (twice, most recent 5/10/08)
    44 - different race winners
    47 - different pole winners
    82 - number of cars that started the 1951 race on what was then a 1.25-mile track
    101 - most caution laps (9/2/74)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 1.366-mile track after a significant rainfall
    Key Darlington Dates
    1949 - Harold Brasington, a retired racer, purchased 70 acres from Sherman Ramsey and started construction of the race track. (The egg-shaped design was necessary because Brasington promised Ramsey the track wouldn't disturb his minnow point on the west side of the property).
    1950 - First race on Labor Day, a 75-car field for the 500-mile event on what was then a 1.250-mile track
    1951 - Field of 82 cars started the race
    1953 - Track was re-measured to 1.375 miles
    1965 - Cale Yarborough, of nearby Timmonsville, crashed with his car sailing over the guard rail and off the track. He was unhurt and the mishap was used as an introduction to ABC's Wide World of Sports for several years.
    1970 - Track re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring race
    1982 - International Speedway Corporation (ISC) acquires Darlington Raceway
    1995 - Track repaved
    1997 - Frontstretch and backstretch switched
    2000 - All cars pit on same side for first time
    2005 - First Saturday night race at Darlington; track repaved.(Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(5-5-2011)

  • Sprint Cup season at the quarter mark: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series reached race No. 9 at Richmond last Saturday night, the official quarter mark of the season. At this point, teams  and fans  have a pretty good feel for how this year might fall out. In other words, we're well past the "it's too early to tell" phase of the season. Thus far, the season has been filled with competitive balance and record-breaking numbers. Only two drivers  Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch  have multiple wins, sending a clear signal that this year's championship is wide open. Some of the other numbers&
    " There has been an average of 14.1 leaders per race, the most through nine races in series history.
    " There has been an average of 35.8 lead changes per race, the most through nine races in series history.
    " Four of the nine races have seen the lead change record broken or tied.
    " Six different teams make up the top 10.
    " There have been seven different winners in the first nine races.
    " There have been seven different Coors Light Pole winners in the first nine races.
    " Five of the nine races have had a margin of victory under one second, including Talladega, which tied the closest MOV since the inception of electronic timing in 1993 (.002 seconds).
    " There has been an average of 4,255 passes per race, second-most since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.
    " There has been an average of 50 passes per race, second-most since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.(NASCAR)(5-4-2011)

  • For more track records, past starting spots that have won and more on Jayski's Darlington Raceway Track News/Stats/Links page


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, May 6, 11:30 am - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 6, 2:15 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, May 6 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Regan Smith wins at Darlington: #78-Regan Smith won the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for the first win of his career. He stayed on track during the last caution and held off #99-Edwards on a green-white-checker finish.
    Edwards held on to finish second followed by #2-Keselowski, #4-Kahne (the pole sitter), #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, and #56-Truex, Jr.
    #29-Harvick and #18-Busch were called to the NASCAR hauler after the race. They were involved in the accident that brought out the final caution of the night. Then as cars were headed to pit road after the checkered flag, they parked next to one another on pit road and Harvick got out of his car to confront Busch, when Busch took off and pushed Harvick's car out of the way and into the pitwall.
    The win was the 5th ever for a car #78 and the first since Jim Paschal won at Columbia, SC running the #78 on July 9, 1955 [see wins by car number page].
    There were 21 lead changes among 12 drivers; 11 cautions for 46 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 61,000, down from 67,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Darlington Race Results/Awards page.(5-7-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Regan Smith won the 62nd Annual SHOWTIME Southern 500, his first victory in 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in four races at Darlington Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Darlington Raceway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Darlington Raceway.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 23 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-7-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 10 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 378
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 355, -23
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 339, -39
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 331, -47
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 328, -50
    6) #39-Ryan Newman, 317, -61
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 313, -65
    8) #22-Kurt Busch, 306, -72
    9) #33-Clint Bowyer, 297, -81
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 295, -83
    The two wild cards
    11) #43-A.J. Allmendinger, 287, -91 [11th]
    17) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 272, -106 [1 win]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(5-7-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    By skipping the last two races, the #21-Wood Brothers team has fallen out of the top 35. The #13 team has moved back in.
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 156, +16
    33) #32-Skinner/FAS Lane, 149, +9
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 147, +7
    35) #7-RGordon/RGM, 137, +4 point ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed adt Dover:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 140, -4 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 132, -12
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 109, -35
    39) #37-Raines/Front Row, 106, -38
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(5-7-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Darlington:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #60, 6, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #46, 35, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #36, 37, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, Tail of Field, 41
    #17, 59, Commitment Line Violation, Pass Thru, 60
    #34, 122, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field, 127
    #22, 125, Speed-Exiting pits, Tail of Field, 127
    #32, 223, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, Tail of Field, 225
    #22, 224, Pulling up to pit, Held 2 laps
    #6, 230, Pitting before pit road is ope, Tail of Field, 235
    #83, 234, Pitting before pit road is open, 235, Garage
    #20, 239, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #88, 329, Commitment Line Violation, Pass Thru, 331
    #48, 359, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In, 360
    #29, 364, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field, 367
    #33, 364, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #38, 365, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field, 367
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-7-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 37th
    Caution 3: none, #34 Gilliland caused the caution
    Caution 4: #36-Blaney, 24th
    Caution 5: #36-Blaney (2), 24th
    Caution 6: #2-Keselowski, 3rd
    Caution 7: #56-Truex, Jr., 10th
    Caution 8: #18-Busch, 11th
    Caution 9: #48-Johnson, 15th
    Caution 10: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 14th
    Caution 11: #6-Ragan, 21st
    (5-7-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Darlington Raceway
    Showtime Southern 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sun, May 08, 2011 @ 12:21 AM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    14 7 Tony Stewart 370 0.004 345.829 49.404
    4 8 Kasey Kahne 370 0.004 372.039 46.505
    1 8 Jamie McMurray 370 0.004 375.590 46.949
    99 8 Carl Edwards 370 0.004 378.973 47.372
    0 8 David Reutimann 370 0.004 380.904 47.613
    24 8 Jeff Gordon 370 0.004 381.475 47.684
    39 8 Ryan Newman 370 0.004 385.344 48.168
    88 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 370 0.005 417.907 46.434
    2 8* Brad Keselowski 370 0.005 429.796 53.725
    78 9 Regan Smith 370 0.005 432.600 48.067
    11 9 Denny Hamlin 370 0.005 435.221 48.358
    56 9 Martin Truex Jr. 370 0.005 436.620 48.513
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 370 0.005 436.642 48.516
    16 9 Greg Biffle 370 0.005 437.349 48.594
    9 10 Marcos Ambrose 370 0.006 482.507 48.251
    29 10 Kevin Harvick 370 0.006 552.294 55.229
    48 12 Jimmie Johnson 370 0.007 642.566 53.547
    18 11* Kyle Busch 370 0.008 661.211 60.110
    5 10 Mark Martin 369 0.006 502.159 50.216
    27 9 Paul Menard 369 0.006 504.789 56.088
    43 10 A J Allmendinger 369 0.006 507.103 50.710
    6 13* David Ragan 369 0.010 845.344 65.026
    42 10 Juan Pablo Montoya 368 0.006 492.728 49.273
    36 9 Dave Blaney 367 0.005 466.639 51.849
    17 12* Matt Kenseth 366 0.008 714.178 59.515
    38 11 Travis Kvapil(i) 365 0.007 565.124 51.375
    9 9 Landon Cassill(i) 364 0.006 507.883 56.431
    32 12 Ken Schrader 364 0.007 601.738 50.145
    13 13 Casey Mears 364 0.008 680.903 52.377
    22 13* Kurt Busch 364 0.011 913.534 70.272
    33 9 Clint Bowyer 363 0.005 426.892 47.432
    34 16* David Gilliland 362 0.012 1023.771 63.986
    31 9 Jeff Burton 358 0.005 451.038 50.115
    83 8* Brian Vickers 332 0.024 2040.655 255.082
    20 9* Joey Logano 318 0.027 2346.673 260.741
    37 6* Tony Raines 172 0.022 1910.436 318.406
    7 3* Robby Gordon 87 0.049 4199.703 1399.901
    50 4* T J Bell(i) 67 0.011 957.612 239.403
    60 2* Mike Skinner(i) 29 0.011 954.577 477.289
    30 1 David Stremme 27 0.001 45.727 45.727
    87 1 Joe Nemechek(i) 22 0.001 46.209 46.209

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Race Coverage of the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:45pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #4-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #39-Newman took pit stall 8, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, thefirst stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #14-Stewart, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-7-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kahne wins Darlington pole: #4-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light pole for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 181.254mph, a new track record. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 21st of his career. #39-Newman starts 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon, #9-Ambrose, #43-Allmendinger, #83-Vickers, #14-Stewart, and #22-Keselowski.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #38-Kvapil, #46-Yeley, #50-Bell, #60-Skinner, #37-Raines, #30-Stremme, #66-McDowell, and #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #81-Riggs, #71-Lally, and #92-Keselowski.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Darlington Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(5-6-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 62nd Annual SHOWTIME Southern 500 with a lap of 27.131 seconds, 181.254 mph a new track record. The previous record was held by Jamie McMurray 180.37 mph (05/08/2010). This is his 21st pole in 262 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2011. This is his fourth pole in nine races at Darlington Raceway. Ryan Newman (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2011 and his 10th in 13 races at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his third in ten races this season. Andy Lally (45th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-6-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2011 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90, via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Darlington Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Gordon.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #39-Newman
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #71-Lally with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #46-Yeley.
    Qualifying order is set by practice speeds, with the top 35 drivers going out from slowest to fastest, then the non-top 35 drivers go out, slowest to fastest from practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Darlington Qualifying Page.(5-6-2011)

  • Friday's first practice: for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after being cut short by rain. Final practice was also washed out. The top five, slowest and any notes:
    #39-Newman 176.816
    #99-Edwards 176.296
    #22-Busch 175.654
    #11-Hamlin 175.516
    #4-Kahne 175.509
    slowest: #92-Keselowski 167.779 & #71-Lally 166.919. No speed: #7-Gordon
    incident: #18-Busch got the first Darlington stripe of the session early. Just a little sheetmetal damage that the team will repair. #50-TJ Bell also scraped the wall and will have to have the car repaired. #22-Busch cut down a tire going into turn 1 and hit the wall. He will have to go to a backup car.
    See speeds, laps run, aveage speed, best ave 10 laps on the Darlington Practice Speeds Page.(5-6-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 18th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 25th
    #50-T.J. Bell, 28th
    #30-David Stremme, 31st
    #60-Mike Skinner, 32nd
    #37-Tony Raines, 33rd
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 36th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 37th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 44th
    #71-Andy Lally, 45th

  • The Entry List for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed [Derrike Cope has withdrawn the #75 team], including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #30-David Stremme (46/1)
    #37-Tony Raines (38/9)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (39/9)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/9)
    #50-T.J. Bell (none/0)
    #60-Mike Skinner (45/9)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/9)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/9)
    #81-Scott Riggs (none/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (43/9)
    #92-Brian Keselowski (47/5)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,37,38,46,66,87,60,92
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 30,50,81
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Darlington Entry List.(5-2/6-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Darlington:
    Three teams are tied for 35th, #32, #13 & #71. The #32 gets the 35th with three best finishes of 15th, 22nd & 24th, the #13 is 36th with three best finishes of 15th, 22nd & 25th, the #71 is 37th with a best finish of 19th. With the #21 still in the top-35 [attempts do not matter if in the top-35] but skipping Darlington, the #13 will have a guaranteed spot at Darlington.
    32) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 140, +8
    33) #7-RGordon/RGM, 137, +5
    34) #36-Blaney/TBR, 136, +4
    35) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane, 132, +0 point ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed after race 5:
    36) #13-Mears/Germain, 132, 0 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 132, -0
    38) #37-Raines/Front Row, 98, -34
    39) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 91, -41
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(4-30-2011)


Local Newspapers

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Spartanburg Herald Journal
The State


Local TV
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ABC Florence - WPDE-TV 15
CBS Florence - WBTW 13
FOX 18 /7 WFXB
NBC 32 WMBF


Weather Links

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Race Weather
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
Laid Back Racing
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NASCAR Camping
RV USA
Speed Eats


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#00-David Reutimann Aaron's Outdoor #00 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marco Ambrose Stanley #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin Sports Clips none...yet
#16-Greg Biffle Valvoline NexGen #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Wiley X #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch Wriglery Double Mint Gum #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menards / Turtle Wax none...yet
#33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Tornados #39 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Lance Snack Crackers #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Sugar Free #88 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Darlington:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1016 to Darlington this weekend. This chassis was previously raced this year at Fontana where McMurray started 12th and finished 23rd. This chassis was also raced in last year's Texas fall race (started 25th, finished 16th), the 2010 fall race at Fontana (started first, finished 17th), and the 2010 fall race at Atlanta (started 12th, finished 15th).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge team will use chassis PRS-751 during Saturday's Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-711 Last ran Bristol - finished 16th; Backup: RK-730 Last ran Phoenix in 2010 as the #99 - finished first.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: : The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 653 for the 367-lap event at Darlington Raceway. This Stanley Ford Fusion is new this season and has not been previously tested in 2011.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640: This is a brand new racecar that has only been tested in the wind tunnel. The Showtime Southern 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will mark the first time Chassis No. 14-640 turns a wheel on the track.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-707 (Last run at Fontana).
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 277: This chassis will make its fifth-ever start in Saturday night's Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington. No. 277 made its debut at Pocono in August 2010, where Busch started 21st and finished 23rd in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Its next start came in the Air Guard 400 at Richmond in September 2010, when Busch qualified a distant 32nd but rallied to bring home a second-place finish behind teammate Denny Hamlin. In its next start, in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville last October, Busch started 26th but brought home a solid fourth-place finish. Most recently, Busch started 12th and scored his first win on the season in the Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol in March.
    #20-Joey Logano: is taking chassis #284 to Darlington Raceway this weekend. Logano drove this chassis last year at Auto Club Speedway to an 11th-place finish and at Phoenix International Raceway in November to third. The back-up chassis is #275 that Logano most recently drove in the Martinsville race following a practice crash that damaged his primary car. He went on to finish the race in the 13th position.
    #22-Kurt Busch will be racing their "PRS-739" Dodge in this weekend's SHOWTIME Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This chassis has been raced two times prior; in the 2010 season-ending race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway and in the March 20 Bristol race this year. Busch started 15th and finished 18th in the Homestead finale. Busch started 20th and finished seventh in the Bristol race. He never led in that race, but ran in the third spot for some 200 laps. The "PRS-735" will serve as the backup Dodge for Darlington. It debuted in the Kansas race last fall (started ninth & finished 13th) and has not been raced again since.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 328 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Las Vegas where Menard brought home a 12th-place result after starting from the 18th position.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 304 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. In March, Harvick raced his way to a sixth-place finish in this car at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway after getting spun out late in the race. Last season, the team raced this car four times, scoring three top-five finishes: third at Richmond (5/1), fifth at New Hampshire (6/27) and third at Richmond (9/11).
    #31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 355 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy that will be put through its first competitive paces this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 315 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a new Chevy that will be put through its first competitive laps this weekend.
    #36-Dave Blaney: Chassis No. 910 - The Golden Corral team will run chassis No. 910 this weekend. Blaney drove this chassis at both Texas and California this season. The team finished 30th at Texas and 37th at California.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-506: This weekend, the #39 team will use chassis 39-506 for the first time this season. The #39 chassis has been a solid performer for Newman & Company as it has earned three top-10 finishes in just four starts since the team joined forces in 2009. The #39 team ran this chassis at both races at Pocono in 2009, scoring two top-15 finishes. In the June race, Newman started fifth and finished fifth. Newman started seventh and finished 14th in the car at Pocono in August. During the 2010 season, the car saw action at both Darlington and Atlanta. In its first outing at Darlington, Newman started sixth and finished ninth. Newman followed that up with another top-10 finish in chassis 39-506 at Atlanta. During the off-season, the chassis was updated for the 2011 season. While the car hasn't seen race action yet, Newman and the No. 39 team tested the car at Darlington as part of a Goodyear tire test in March.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie will bring chassis #1105 to Darlington this weekend. It was previously raced at Texas this year where it started 14th and finished 13th. This chassis was also raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March of this year where it started 23rd and finished 3rd.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at Darlington Raceway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Phoenix and Martinsville.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot brand new chassis No. 659 in Saturday night's race. Johnson finished 16th in backup chassis No. 623 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-732 - last ran Las Vegas in March when Edwards won.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(5-5-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4430

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 52-56 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Darlington this weekend . . . this is also the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams ran at Darlington earlier this year . . . while Cup and Nationwide teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) in the past, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4430) . . . these teams ran this left-side tire at Texas (twice), Chicagoland and Homestead in 2010; and at Texas again and Nashville (Nationwide only) in 2011 . . . in addition, Cup and Nationwide teams will run this right-side tire later this month at Charlotte . . . this tire combination was first tested at Charlotte last October . . . Goodyear then held a confirmation test at Darlington this March 15 . . . drivers participating in that confirmation test were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last season, this tire set-up features softer compounds on both sides, while this left-side tire features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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